New playground at Officer Daniel Boyle Memorial Rec Center [photos]

Somerton was full of excitement and emotion Thursday as the neighborhood celebrated the ribbon cutting of a new playground at the Officer Daniel Boyle Memorial Rec Center [map].

Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th, and Pa. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-170th, were there to help city officials, rec center leaders and Boyle’s parents dedicate the new playground, which replaces outdated equipment and spray grounds.

See more of Bill Achuff and Michelle Alton’s photos from the event in the slideshow below.

The $560,000 capital project includes a new equipment and spray ground, walkways and outdoor furnishings. Fresh landscaping unifies the toddler and junior play areas, and lighting, security cameras and handicap accessible ramps have been installed.

Officer Boyle was killed on the job in 1991.

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